Victoria Park closed off for controlled explosion after Portsmouth police discover ‘suspicious object’

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AN ORDNANCE disposal team will carry out a controlled explosion in Victoria Park after a ‘suspicious object’ was discovered.

Police were called to a building in Stanhope Road in Portsmouth tonight following the report of a ‘suspicious object’.

In a message posted on Twitter at 9.32pm, Portsmouth Police said an explosive ordnance disposal team had been ‘called in’ following the sighting – with a view to carrying out a ‘controlled explosion’ in Victoria Park.

Officers said the explosion would take place ‘shortly’,

The news follows reports of University of Portsmouth students being evacuated from a building close to Stanhope Road after 6pm.

Portsmouth Police has urged city residents not to ‘be alarmed’.

Victoria Park, Portsmouth. Credit: Google Street View

Victoria Park, Portsmouth. Credit: Google Street View